Flyers Foil Penguins Again, win 8-5 in Game 2

Published on April 13th, 2012

Flyers and Pens battle

by Mike del Tufo

Friday, April 13, 2012
In this Keystone Klash, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 8-5 to take a 2-0 lead in the series headed back to Philly for a pair of games.  The Flyers as they did on Wednesday dug themselves out of a 3-1 hole to win the game.  Both Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux recorded hat-tricks for the Flyers.

For this game, Marc-Andre Fleury started in net for the Pens and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Schenn-Simmonds
Couturier-Talbot-Rinaldo
Read-Wellwood-Voracek

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Carle
Coburn-Grossman
Lilja-Kubina

Pens had another strong 1st period scoring three times just like they did in Game 1.  They wasted no time coming right down the ice and scoring 15 seconds into the game.  Pens captain Sidney Crosby banged it home.  Pens forward Chris Kunitz then scored on the power-play at 9:27.  Lastly, defenseman Paul Martin notched the 3rd goal for the Pens at 19:42.  The Flyers were able to get one back when former Penguin Max Talbot scored a short-handed goal at 12:44.  He followed up a breakaway by Claude Giroux and knocked in the rebound. 

The Flyers came out strong in the 2nd period.  Giroux scored on the power-play at 5:11.  Pens goalie Fleury then stopped Talbot on a breakaway at 6:40.  The Flyers, however, were able to tie the game 3-3 when Giroux scored their 2nd short-handed goal of the game at 11:04.  He converted on a pass from Talbot on a 3-on-2 breakaway to tie the game.  The Pens came right back though and scored at 11:10 on the power-play to re-take the lead.  Kunitz had the goal, his 2nd of the game.  Flyers rookie Sean Couturier then stunned the crowd when he cleaned up a loose rebound with 2.8 seconds left to tie the game 4-4.

Pens Tyler Kennedy scored at 1:04 of the 3rd period to give the Pens a 5-4 lead.  The Flyers responded quickly when Couturier stole the puck from Pens defenseman Ben Lovejoy and scored at 1:21.  The Flyers then took their 1st lead of the game when Jaromir Jagr scored at 9:13 after a failed clear attempt by the Pens.  Couturier finished off the hat-trick at 18:11 when he scored on a 2-on-1 with Giroux to put the Flyers up 7-5.    Giroux completed his own hat-trick with an empty-netter at 19:53 to end the scoring.

Giroux on 19-year Couturier’s play said, “He’s a teenager and he’s our best defensive player.  He’s getting more confident after each game.  He wants to be on the ice.  He wants to get the job done.  It’s impressive.  A 19-year old that plays like he’s 28.  He’s really mature on the ice.”

Flyers lead the series 2-0.  Game 3 is Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.

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